PEORIA, Ariz. -- No, the Brewers are not trying to bring Oakland's "Bash Brothers" salute back in vogue. Their forearm bumps and air high-fives in recent days are all part of an effort to stop the spread of pink eye in the clubhouse.
Catchers Jonathan Lucroy and Juan Centeno, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, outfielder Logan Schafer, infielder Yadiel Rivera and even head athletic trainer Dan Wright have been struck by the infection in recent days. It interrupted Lucroy's comeback from a hamstring injury, and kept Kranitz away from camp for a second straight day Friday.
"I'm hoping no new ones showed up today," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Right fielder Ryan Braun was a last-minute scratch from Friday's game against the Mariners with flu-like symptoms, according to the club.
Roenicke spoke in a raspy voice, the result of a respiratory illness that has also been circulating around the team. Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers, who started each of the team's last two games, also have been sick.
So it should not be surprising that players have taken it upon themselves to avoid physical contact. Take Carlos Gomez, who scored from first base on a double in Thursday's win over the Rockies and eschewed the usual dugout high-fives. He bumped a series of forearms instead.
"No touching," Gomez said later.
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